Prices were high at what was billed as one of the last large art collection like this in private hands. Noel & Margaret Dick began their collection in the late 1970s and became regulars at auction houses around New Zealand for the next few decades. A market fresh sale is always beloved by collectors and institutions, and the bids reflected that. Lot 21 featured a favourite subject of Rita Angus - the Magnolia tree in her garden. (I hear this tree is still there). Estimated at $60,000 - $80,000 it fetched $175,000 + premium, beating the previous record for a work on paper by Angus by $75,000. See Dunbar's website for the catalogue and results here.
Erika and I are sorry to hear of the passing away of Peter Webb, a true kiwi cultural hero.
Peter was our boss at Peter Webb Galleries (Webb’s Auctions) from when Erika started at Webb’s in 2001 to when I finished in 2014. Peter was a true gentleman and an inspiring person to work for. He had a massive input in establishing and driving New Zealand’s post war modern art environment.
Peter’s artistic curiosity, entrepreneurial drive and impeccable eye, saw him build a career that touched on almost all aspects of the New Zealand art market.
In 1958 he started NZ’s first dealer only gallery Argus, featuring emerging modernist NZ artists including good friend Colin McCahon’s first Auckland show (French Bay paintings).
He was a founding director of NZ’s first art and antique auction house, John Cordy’s in 1963.
As Exhibition’s Officer at The Auckland Art Gallery, 1973, he staged NZ’s first blockbuster art show, John Constable - The Natural Painter.
In 1974 he helped launch the quarterly art magazine, Art New Zealand.
Also in 1974 he re-opened his own gallery (Peter Webb Galleries) which after a series of successful antique and art auctions evolved into the leading specialist art auction house in New Zealand.
An interview with Peter is available on the Cultural Icons website here.
We send our thoughts and best wishes to Annie, Sophie and the rest of Peter’s family.
April 2019 marks our tenth year of operation as an independent art and antique valuing company. We would like to thank the thousands of people who have contributed to our continued success for this long. We have appraised; museum, private art and corporate collections. We have valued single items to 10,000 item collections and everything in-between. We have valued single tea cups, Chinese furniture and Charles Frederick Goldie's. We have helped with the valuing of items taken by house fires, earthquakes and burglaries. Our work has taken us from Whangarei to Christchurch.
We really love our work and look forward to what each day sends our way. Our passion for the arts and antique world is still alive and well and is a reason why we have had longevity. Thank you to who has contributed, enquired and involved us for the last decade.
Erika and Josh.
Happy New Year! We are now back open for business for 2019 - our 10th year! We hope you have had a restful summer break.
Please feel free to contact us for any valuation (or related) queries you may have.
Merry Christmas to everyone from Antique & Art Valuation Service.
We have had another great year of driving the length and breadth of the North Island to see what treasures you have hidden in your homes.
Whether we have "spoken" on social media or if you have emailed us directly for our help, we really appreciate everyone who takes the time to contact to us.
We close for the holidays on Thursday the 20th of December 2018 and open again on Tuesday the 29th of January 2019.
We look forward to our 10th year in business next year!
The Wellington Water Whirler by Len Lye (while under repair) has been climbed and damaged by a 'bored' man. He suffered a head injury in the incident and was treated in hospital. Police have laid a wilful damage charge. He claimed that part of the reason for the theatrics was because there was no sign saying not to climb the sculpture. An auction for a handy wallet sized "idiot sign" appeared on TradeMe soon after. Video is here via NZ Herald. New Plymouth has reported their Wind Wands have also been recently targeted by vandals.
To mark 250 years since Captain James Cook ventured our way, the Royal Academy has staged an exhibition to highlight historic and contemporary art from the Pacific. Artists from New Zealand include Fiona Pardington, Lisa Reihana, John Pule and Michael Parekowhai. The good news is, if you are in London from now until December 10th, us Kiwi's and our Pacific cousins get free entry on presentation of our passports.
The Guardian's art critic Jonathan Jones has given it 5 stars *****
Read article here.
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